A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare action movie that has something important to say. Centred around the corruption in the political and banking systems, the film is just as enlightening as The Big Short, but it's a lot more fun to watch. And it's directed by Jodie Foster as a sharp media satire that seems to be skimming along the surface but is actually taking no prisoners.
It's set on Wall Street, where TV guru Lee (George Clooney) hosts his financial advice show Money Monster, directed by his long-time friend Patty (Julia Roberts). Then in the middle of a broadcast, Lee is interrupted live on-air by Kyle (Jack O'Connell), who is consumed with anger because Lee's investment suggestion resulted in the loss of his life savings. Kyle's real target is the banking executive Walt (Dominic West), who has blamed the wipe-out of share prices on a computer glitch. But something about that story doesn't hold water. While Kyle threatens Lee live, a media storm develops around them. And Patty digs into the story with the help of hackers in Korea, Iceland and South Africa, feeding information to Lee through his earpiece.
As the situation spirals out of control, Foster maintains a terrific sense of balance between the edgy suspense and the jagged comedy. This works because, even amid the virtual globe-hopping, she keeps the focus tightly on the interaction between Lee, Patty and Kyle. Clooney and Roberts aren't hugely stretched by their roles, but they are able to add likeable moments of subtle revelation and interaction along the way. O'Connell is the heart of the film, with an impassioned performance that's surprisingly moving. And of course it's easy for everyone in the audience to sympathise with Kyle's frustration about a system in which bankers and politicians pocket billions while the average person struggles to keep their head above water.
Continue reading: Money Monster Review
Julia Roberts says it is important to have an awareness of social media but insists she isn't worried about not having Twitter or Facebook herself.
Julia Roberts says an awareness of social media is important.
Whilst the 'Notting Hill' star doesn't subscribe to sites like Facebook and Twitter herself, she understands the importance of it.
When asked if she worries about not being engaged with social media, she told the new issue of InStyle magazine: ''What's a good analogy? It's like people talking about a TV show: I can be perfectly aware of the TV show and the story, but it doesn't mean I watch it.
Continue reading: Julia Roberts On Social Media: An Awareness Is Important
The Hollywood A-listers, promoting their new movie 'Money Monster', belted out 'Hollaback Girl' with Stefani.
The latest instalment of the viral favourite, broadcast on Wednesday night’s ‘The Late Late Show’ (May 4th), saw Corden pick up 46 year old Stefani and they rattled through both her old and new hits as they drove around Los Angeles.
Firstly, they belted out ‘Don’t Speak’, the anthemic breakthrough hit for Stefani’s former group No Doubt way back in 1997 which was a chart-topper around the world.
Mother's Day is the latest in the series of Garry Marshall's films which include Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. The film follows a group of families in the run up to mother's day. There's Sandy, a single mom of two boys; Bradley who's a single father looking after his daughters and many more. The thing that connects all the different people in this film is that they're all connected by women - or the lack of.
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It's rare for an American remake to be scruffier than the original, but this film is an intriguingly messier take on the super-slick, hugely engaging 2009 Oscar winner from Argentina. Filmmaker Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) has stripped down the tone and revamped the plot considerably, replacing the original film's big emotional surges with grittier intrigue and subtle intelligence.
The story begins as New York security expert Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to Los Angeles, picking up the trail of an unsolved murder he worked on 13 years earlier when he was an FBI agent. His former colleague Jess (Julia Roberts) is still in the FBI, while Claire (Nicole Kidman) is now the city's district attorney. Together, they secretly begin looking into the case again, tracking the suspect (Joe Cole) through the city and dodging interference from fellow agent Reg (Michael Kelly). But the investigation doesn't go as planned, jeopardising all of them in their current jobs. And Ray is having trouble sorting out his relational history with both Jess and Claire.
These three fine actors cleverly play with the delicate tensions both between them and in the larger picture. At the centre, Ejiofor is gripping as a man of conscience who is tenaciously hoping for justice in a seriously murky situation. Kidman adds a slightly cheeky tone as a woman who has achieved professional success but never forgets the dodgy choices she has made. And Roberts gets the showier role, losing all of her Hollywood glamour as the tomboyish Jess, a woman with layer after layer of emotional turmoil. The chemistry between them is fascinating, even if the filmmaking approach feels dry and aloof. But there's so much going on in both the story and characters that it's impossible to look away. Nothing that happens is quite what it seems to be, and the big ideas linger in the background, leaving plenty for us to chew on.
Continue reading: Secret In Their Eyes Review
If you're looking for news on what stocks to buy, you switch on the TV and watch Lee Gate's show - he's the most popular presenter on the Financial News Network and is full of good tips for his viewers but what happens when one the stocks he hypes up mysteriously crashes out it leaves some of his ex-viewers penniless.
Kyle Budwell was one of those people when Kyle believes he has no other option, he takes Lee and his production team hostage live on TV. Between the presenter and his producer (Patty Fenn) they must find a way to satisfy both their captor and the special forces put on standby who are ready to storm the set.
Despite breaking into Hollywood art around the same time, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts never got the chance to work together until the thriller Secret in Their Eyes.
Secret in Their Eyes is the American remake of the Oscar-winning 2009 Argentine film. Oscar winners themselves, the two actresses both had break-out roles in 1989: Kidman in Dead Calm and Roberts in Steel Magnolias. Over the decades, they met at various social functions, but only really connected on the set of Secret in Their Eyes, discovering that they share a positive approach to family and career.
"I am a genuinely and deeply happy person," says Roberts. "And as life goes on, you realize what great fortune that is - to feel like you just have the natural chemistry of joy."
Continue reading: Secret In Their Eyes Reveals Common Ground For Kidman And Roberts
Cinderella premieres as 45 Years wins two prizes at Berlin Film Festival, sequels premiere in London and Los Angeles, Julia Roberts cries on-set and trailers arrive for films starring Adam Scott, Samuel L. Jackson and Charlie Hunnam...
The Berlin Film Festival wrapped up last weekend after the premiere for Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella, and stars Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James and Richard Madden, plus director Kenneth Branagh were all on hand for the event.
The Oscar nominated actor sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and dished on his first meeting with the ‘Friends’ star.
He’s just picked up a SAG award for his performance in The Theory of Everything and an Oscar could be next, but Eddie Redmayne still finds himself getting starstruck in Hollywood. Appearing on Tuesday night’s edition of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', the British actor described mingling with Tinseltown’s elite at award shows as, "completely surreal” and "endlessly exciting”.
Eddie Redmayne, after collecting his SAG award for The Theory of Everything
The 33 year old actor said he feels "like a kid in a candy store” when attending all the glitzy Hollywood award shows, admitting that it still feels "completely surreal" to come face to face with "all these people you've long admired.”
Roberts will help adapt the documentary, 'Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World', for the big screen.
Julia Roberts has signed on to bring the amazing and heartwarming story of 'Batkid' to the big screen, in a film based on Miles Scott’s story. Scott, a five-year-old leukaemia sufferer, made headlines in 2013 when he was granted the chance to be Batkid by the Make-a-Wish foundation.
Roberts will also star in the 'Batkid' movie
Roberts will adapt Miles’ story from the crowdfunded documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. which is set to premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival on Jan. 24.
Continue reading: Julia Roberts To Produce And Star In 'Batkid' Movie
At 47-years-old, the Hollywood actress has become the new face of the fashion brand's spring 2015 campaign.
Hollywood star Julia Roberts has been named as the new face of Givenchy's Spring 2015 campaign, and for anyone wondering why the 47-year-old actor was given the modelling gig, the fashion brand's creative director Riccardo Tisci thinks she "represents such a mature woman."
Continue reading: Julia Roberts Announced As New Face Of Givenchy
The 47 year-old actress recently opened up the pressures in Hollywood for women to go under the knife.
As well as being one of Hollywood's most talented actresses, Julia Roberts is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, but unlike many of her fellow colleagues she has never opted to undergo a facelift, a decision that could have potentially damaged her career.
Roberts has never had any cosmetic surgery done
In the midst of the media frenzy surrounding the obvious change in Renee Zellweger's facial appearance, Roberts offers her explanation as to why there is a lot of pressure on female stars to go under the knife.
Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher and Emma Stone read the harsh things people have tweeted about them.
Get ready to rub your hands together with glee and cackle at the daily abuse celebrities have to field via Twitter. For Jimmy Kimmel's famous "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" is back for a bigger, badder and long-awaited seventh episode. Matthew Mcconaughey, Julia Roberts, Gary Oldman, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox, Andy Garcia, Mindy Kaling and Emma Stone are all included in the new video.
Matthew McConaughey Gets Confused Over A Critics Choice Of Insult In The Latest "Mean Tweets."
We're pretty confident that we're not the only ones who use the Jimmy Kimmel Live comedy segment as a legal high and we certainly weren't disappointed by episode seven as even more irrationally irate Twitter users were named and shamed on the US late night entertainment show.
Continue reading: "What's A D-k Turd?" Celebs Read Mean Tweets Is Back With Episode 7!
'August: Osage County' star Julia Roberts looked super smart with a black blazer over her dress at the New York premiere for upcoming TV movie drama 'The Normal Heart'.
'12 Years A Slave' actress and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o, is the new face of Lancôme, it was announced today.
Lupita Nyong'o is the face of new Lancôme, the French cosmetic company confirmed on Friday (4th April). Campaigns featuring the 31-year-old actress will be released in September.
Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave.
Nyong'o has enjoyed a busy year having starred as Patsey in the award winning historical drama 12 Years A Slave for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible performance. After years working behind the camera as a production assistant, writer, producer and director, Nyong'o has been catapulted into the spotlight owing to her incredible performance and beauty. It's no wonder the cosmetic company has singled her out as the new face of their brand.
Alongside Cate Blanchett you wouldn't guess which stars also have tattoos.
Cate Blanchett really wanted to commemorate her Oscar win on Sunday, and what better more permanent way is there then getting yourself a tattoo? The actress was seen leaving a tattoo parlour with a bandage on her wrist opening speculation as to what special ink the ‘Blue Jasmine’ star might have had done. While we were a little surprised at the image of Cate getting tattooed she’s not the only celeb sporting some unlikely ink.
Cate Blanchett went from the red carpet to a tattoo palour after her Oscar win
Firstly none other thank Dame Helen Mirren has gone under the tattoo needle. The actress sports some ink on her left thumb of all places. The Dame said she got it when she was very drunk, a long time ago before tattoos were cool and mainstream, which is why she hates it now. She told ‘Good Morning America’ back in 2010 "I was very, very drunk. It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell's Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners. And I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing." Seems Helen was always ahead of her time.
Continue reading: Cate Blanchett's Oscar Tattoo, And Other Surprising Celebrity Ink
The Oscar pizza guy was real, though he had no idea he'd be delivering slices to the stars.
The Oscar pizza guy who turned up at the 86th Academy Awards to deliver Ellen Degeneres, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep some premium cheesy goodness walked away with a $1000 tip. Edgar, the owner of Big Mama's & Papa's pizza in Los Angeles appeared at the Dolby Theatre and in front of millions watching at home and delivered pizza to the A-listers in the first couple of rows at the Oscars.
Ellen DeGeneres Personally Tipped the Oscars pizza guy $1,000
The order came in 24 hours before the Oscars though Edgar assumed he would be delivering pizza to the writers, producers and backstage crew. However, when he arrived, he was led to the auditorium and found himself waiting for a tip from Pitt, Streep and company.
Continue reading: Yep, The Oscars Pizza Guy Was Real, And He Got Tipped $1,000
Julia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes, who was found dead on Sunday, reportedly left a five-page suicide note detailing her turmoil relationship with the Oscar winning actress.
Nancy Motes, the half-sister of Julia and Eric Roberts, was found dead in the bathtub of her apartment this past Sunday (Feb 9th).
The cause of death is suspected to be a drug overdose, but toxicology test results are still pending.
Despite initial reports stating that this wasn't a suicide case, a source close to the investigation has told NY Daily News an EMT discovered a suicide note at the scene.
The news was confirmed on Monday, when Roberts was notably absent from the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees.
Nancy Motes, the younger half-sister of Julia Roberts, was found dead on Monday from a suspected drug overdose. According to a source for the New York Daily News, the 37-year-old was discovered by her fiancé in the house where she had been pet-sitting. Motes was a professional dog walker and pet sitter. The home she was found in was rented by a surgeon. She was surrounded by both prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Roberts' sister was discovered on Sunday, but the announcement was made Monday.
According to a source at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the suspected cause of death is suicide, however confirming or denying this may take weeks. Part of the problem is the lack of evidence – according to the Daily News’ source, there was no note, nor any evidence of foul play found at the scene. Police and paramedics responded to the call at around 2PM on Sunday. according to a spokesperson for the local fire department. However, the case was reported to the county coroner as a suicide, said Craig R. Harvey, chief of coroner Investigations for Los Angeles County for the Daily News.
Continue reading: Julia Roberts Half-Sister Found Dead, But Who Was Nancy Motes?
The Capri Awards have a history of foretelling the favorites for the Oscars.
After early predictions pegged the Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts starrer August: Osage County as a frontrunner for awards season 2014, the film has now picked up four awards at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival.
Streep received the Best Actress awards, possibly setting her up for a successful awards season.
The film centers on the reunion on a dysfunctional family in which Streep plays the prescription drug addicted matriarch Violet. The Tracy Letts adaptation won Film of the Year, while Streep (naturally) won the Best Actress award for her role. The cast also picked up the Best Ensemble award. Co-star Chris Cooper was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.
The night honoring the best of the best in cinema was punctuated by a lot of humor.
Last night’s BAFTA LA Britannia awards were definitely George Clooney’s time to shine. Except for the prank that actor Sacha Baron Cohen couldn’t help himself from pulling, that is. Clooney and Baron Cohen were both honored alongside a handful of other stars – including Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kathryn Bigelow and Idris Elba - for various achievements in film, USA Today reports.
Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the award with grace and... no, not really, but it was pretty funny.
But on to Cohen’s rather startling prank. When the actor went on stage to be presented with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, things got very out of hand very quickly. As Baron Cohen accepted the award – a Chaplin-esque cane e from an elderly woman in a wheelchair, introduced as the oldest living actor to have worked with Chaplin himself. In the spirit of the award, the actor did a clumsy little tap dance, during which he tripped, and sent the woman flying to the shock of the attendees. If you’re curious to see the moment, Tune in to the show tonight on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET to see how she fared (she survived, folks, its all good).
Dench is the queen of Venice, while Toronto highlights Streep in August, Jason Reitman's Labor Day, Swinton as a vampire and super-thin Dallas Buyers Club members McConaughey and Leto...
As the Venice Film Festival wrapped up last weekend with its surprising award winners, led by the Roman ring-road documentary Sacro GRA, the Toronto Film Festival got underway in Canada. Both festivals are launching pads for movies seeking awards momentum, so the stars were all out promoting themselves on the red carpets.
One of the big attention-grabbers out of Venice was Philomena, the true story of a woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption. The film won two top awards at Venice, and Judi Dench has leapt to the top of the list of Oscar hopefuls with her sensitive, emotionally raw performance. The film opens in November in the UK and in January in America. Watch the trailer for Philomena.
John Wells changed the ending of Tracy Letts' script, creating a stir in Toronto.
After premiering at this week's Toronto International Film Festival, it has been speculated that the ending of the Meryl Streep-starring August: Osage County could be changed ahead of its wide release late this winter. Director John Wells adapted Tracy Letts' prize-winning play but made the unfortunate mistake of slightly changing the ending which has caused some discontent at TIFF.
The Relationship Between Streep's Vi And Roberts' Barbara Is Crucial To The Plot.
Those who have seen the play performed onstage will recall that the final scene shows the Weston family's harsh matriarch, Vi sitting alone on the stairs of her now empty house after her daughters can't deal with her constant berating and have left the house. The scene is contemplative and loaded with metaphor, but changes drastically if you take the situation from Julia Roberts' Barbara's view as she's driving away - as Wells chose to do.
Continue reading: 'August: Osage County' May Have Ending Change After TIFF Grumbles
In a rich week for news, it was Miley Cyrus once again at the head of things with a hugely controversial new video. Elsewhere, Universal finally showed its hand with regards to Jurassic Park 4, and the Dumb & Dumber sequel got underway.
Wrecking Ball: Hurtling through the pop world this week like a.well, wrecking ball, is of course Miss Miley Cyrus. The 20-year-old, who's been mired in controversy over the past few weeks, has turned things up a notch with the release of her new video, a collaboration with Terry Richardson. Check out the Wrecking Ball Video Here.
Jurassic World: Just when you thought Hollywood was done with taking risks, out comes the release date and title for the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World. Directed by the relatively unknown filmmaker Colin Trevorrow (in blockbuster circles at least), this movie is sink or swim for Universal Pictures. Check out the Jurassic World details here.
Meryl Streep's performance as a gorgon mother has been lauded in this family drama.
August: Osage County premiered at this week's Toronto International Film Festival to a storm of excitement from early critics and Oscar nudging. However, a few days later the dust has settled around John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' award-winning play and we are able to catch our breath and collect our thoughts.
Meryl Streep Shines In August: Osage County As A Ferocious Mother.
Director John Wells' movie has been praised for its immersive scene setting and its out-of-the-park performances from an all-star, yet respected cast that includes Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Abigail Breslin.
Early Oscar talk seems to have been premature, but this is Meryl Streep...
With an all-star cast – an overused but truly relevant phrase for this film – and a hit, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway stage play providing the architecture, August: Osage County looked to be nailed on for Oscar success. But the early Toronto reviews are in, and while it’s hard to find a critic that slates it, a five-star turn around is equally rare.
The film surrounds tragedy in three of its foulest, alliterate forms: disease, drugs and death. Violet (Streep) suffers from oral cancer, leading to or at least catalysing a newfound drug addiction. Her husband – Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) is an alcoholic poet.
The Weston family know they are probably one of the most dysfunctional families around, but they do understand that sometimes it's best to stick together. Violet Weston is the family matriarch suffering from mouth cancer and heavily addicted to prescription drugs which only gets worse after the apparent suicide of her husband Beverly. As the funeral approaches, Violet's three daughters Barbara, Ivy and Karen and their families arrive at the house they grew up in, along with some other estranged relatives, hoping to get the whole ordeal over and done with fairly quickly. However, things don't go as smoothly as they, perhaps naively, hoped as they discover a whole load of closet skeletons they'd rather have not known about.
'August: Osage County' is a remarkable dark comedy directed by multi-Emmy winning John Wells ('The Company Men') and based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by Tracy Letts ('Bug', 'Killer Joe'). It has been produced by George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein and is a warts-and-all story about the trials and tribulations of family affairs, uncovering both the heartwarming and the heartbreaking secrets that underline all families. It is set to be released in the UK on January 3rd 2014.
The festival will unofficially kick off the buzz for awards season.
From August: Osage County, to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the lineup for this year’s Toronto Film Festival looks like one big preview for the Oscars. Among the debuts is the highly anticipated adaptation of the Julian Assange/Wikileaks story The Fifth Estate. The drama, directed by Bill Condon, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange with Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Dan Stevens in supporting roles. Two other upcoming premieres, scheduled for the festival also feature Benedict Cumberbatch – August: Osage County, the Tracy Letts play adaptation. In it, Cumberbatch is part of a star-studded cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor. There’s also Twelve Years A Slave, Steve McQuin’s follow up to the 2011 Shame.
Cumberbatch stars in three whole films at this year's festival.
Drama (of the onscreen kind) seems to rule this year at TIFF, with Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley both starring in upcoming genre productions. Winslet’s Labor Day tells the story of a single mother, battling depression, who takes in a convict.
Emma Roberts was arrested in Montreal on July 7th for physically assaulting her boyfriend Evan Peters. The 22-year-old had been fighting with her 'American Horror Story' star boyfriend when police were called.
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters had an "unfortunate misunderstanding" which led to the 22-year-old actress' arrest in Montreal. Police were called to the Montreal hotel, in which the couple were staying, after receiving reports of a dometic violence.
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globe after-party, L.A.
According to TMZ, attention was drawn to the couple after a fellow hotel guest complained about noise issuing from the couple's room.
Emma Roberts, was arrested in Montreal after, allegedly, assaulting her boyfriend Evan Peters, who stars in 'American Horror Story'. Roberts is the daughter of Eric Roberts and the niece of Julia Roberts.
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, New York.
The Montreal police were called after hotel staff became concerned at the noises issuing from the couple's room. According to reports, when the police arrived, Peters was sporting a bloody nose. Another source reported Peters had a bite mark, although sources close to the couple deny this.
The activist restored some of her reputation after her boating mishap.
Erin Brockovich, the high profile legal clerk and environmental accident, was involved in a less flattering incident recently, when she was arrested for drunken boating last Friday. She has since apologized for her behavior in an official statement.
'At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk,' she said in a statement. 'That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake. I know better and I am very sorry,' she said about the arrest.
According to the Daily Mail, 52-year-old Brockovich was struggling to dock the boat at Lake Mead, Nevada, when her fumbling attracted the attention of a local game warden. She later explained her actions with an underestimated amount of alcohol.
The activist was arrested following some drink boating
We’ve all been there; it’s a sunny day, we have a few too many spritzers on the boat and forget to eat. Hang on, no, sorry, we’re confused, this is Erin Brokcovich’s life. That’s right, the activist famously portrayed by Julia Roberts tried to moor her boat while having twice the legal blood alcohol level.
A 52-year-old Brokovich was spotted struggling to manoeuvre her boat by a game warden at Las Vegas Boat Harbour near Boulder City. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Edwin Lyngar said: "She was obviously struggling to put the boat in the slip, and if you've had any experience, it's a simple enough operation. Too many people think drinking and boating go together. We don't have a problem if people drink. Just have a designated operator." What a weekend; she was booked into Clark County Detention Center on Friday night, made bail the next day after posting the required $1k, then released a statement of apology, probably still hungover. "At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk," she said. "That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake, I know better and I am very sorry.”
The activist, whose legal battle with Pacific Gas & Electric over the pollution of a Californian town’s water supply was turned into a film, blamed a day in the sun for her nautical naughtiness. "After a day in the sun and with nothing to eat it appears that a couple of drinks had a greater impact than I had realized," she explained.
The film seems like perfect winter viewing - heavy, but heart-warming and laden with star power.
The trailer for August: Osage County hit the airwaves today and, if you didn’t know that was a film you wanted to see, you should now. Generally, just the presence of Meryl Streep on the castlist is enough to get a film onto the list, but August has a lot more going for it as well, with a cast, absolutely packed with star power - Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch all star in this tale of a family reunion and a family breakdown and (hopefully) one final reunion. The film, directed by John Wells, centers on a dysfunctional Oklahoma family whose drug-addicted matriarch, Streep, is dying of mouth cancer.
The trailer shows some trademark Streep moments in the film, but it also highlights the roles of Roberst and Lewis as antagonistic sisters and everyone seems to work well enough together to create a believable picture of a family on the brink of collapse. The film is based on Tracy Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which received shining praise on its release in 2007. When "August: Osage County" played at the Ahamson Theater in 2009, Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote: "The play’s pedigree could be expanded in ways both high and low, but 'August' brews its own distinctive mix of tragicomic gravitas and florid pop." The film adaptation is due for an early November release. Did someone say Oscar bait?
These days, whenever Julia Roberts does something you know it's worth being excited about (Valentines Day is an exception). Her female characters defined the aspirations of the woman of the 90s and she was once the highest paid woman in Hollywood. Now, it has been confirmed that she'll be appearing in an adaptation of Larry Kramer's autobiographical play 'The Normal Heart', and will begin production this year, to air in 2014.
The Normal Heart is about Kramer's experience of New York in the early 80s, during the boom of HIV/AIDS. As the Hollywood Reporter says, Ryan Murphy will be directing, who is the co-creator of popular shows such as Glee, Nip/Tuck and The New Normal, all of which have strong homosexual themes, and which make him ideal for this production.
"We are so proud to be involved with this monumental project," says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. "Ryan has assembled an extraordinary cast to bring Larry Kramer's landmark theatrical achievement to the screen for the first time, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring this important film to HBO."
Continue reading: New HBO Drama With Mark Ruffalo And Julia Roberts, Hitting 2014
The Steel Magnolias remake, aired on Sunday (October 7, 2012) achieved impressive viewing figures, proving to be Lifetime’s most successful show since at least 2004, reports MTV News. It was the third-most watched original telecast ever for the channel.
A remake of the 1989 feature surrounding the lives of six resilient female friends of various ages - this time with an all African American cast led by Queen Latifah - delivered an average of 6.5 million total viewers in its premiere, according to Nielsen. "We couldn't be happier with the great response "Steel Magnolias" and "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" received from viewers this weekend," said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime's executive vice president of programming in a statement. More specifically, The Sony Pictures Television-produced film averaged 3.2 million adults 25-54, which, being a key demographic is great news for Lifetime. On Saturday (October 6, 2012) the premiere of the Lifetime original "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" also generated strong viewership, earning 4.1 million total viewers, but Steel Magnolias was the clear winner; the film scored the studio’s best audience since Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story in 2006 and was the top cable movie among total viewers since 2007.
The diversity of the cast demonstrated the universal nature of the themes, with the story being virtually identical to the original feature film, which, having been filmed in the late 80’s, features a predominantly white cast. Julia Roberts and Sally Field, for instance, starred in the 80’s version.
Victoria L. White, the producer who worked on the tearjerker movie ‘Steel Magnolias’, is suing Lifetime over a television remake, claiming she isn’t getting the cash – or credit - that she deserves, reports TMZ.com.
White, an executive producer of the 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Shirley Maclaine, filed a suit against Sony Pictures and Lifetime Television over a new television film starring Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad. The legal documents show that White claims to have a “television agreement” that entitles her to a co-producer of co-executive producer credit on any television project based on the film, as well as a $15,000 fee and 3.75% of profits. She alleges that Sony is fully aware of her television deal, mainly because the studio has already adhered to the terms once before. White was listed as a co-producer for the 1992 CBS television movie based ‘Steel Magnolias’. Why Sony and Lifetime have chosen to ignore the contract this time around is unclear.
Though the producer is suing for competition, she also wants an injunction to stop the movie from airing altogether, which seems a little dramatic. The film is set to air on October 7 – i.e. in four days – so we’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s still going to air, anyway.
Larry Crowne is one of the best employees at the local big-box store where he works and he's been named as 'store employee of the month' for the past 8 months, however when Larry meets with his bosses he receives some unwelcome news. In an effort to downsize the company Larry is laid off.
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Liz Gilbert always thought that being successful in her work and home life would be enough to keep her content throughout her life but can't help but feel confused want more. Now divorced and ready to take a new approach to life, Liz decides to embark on a worldwide trip of self discovery. In each country she visits she learns more about herself and finds the inner peace and balance that her life has been missing.
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Oprah Winfrey has topped the first Forbes magazine Richest Women Entertainers List. The big business publication estimates the media mogul has made a staggering $1.5 billion in her career as a newscaster, talk show host, publisher and actress. Winfrey tops Harry Potter author Jk Rowling, who comes in second with a $1 billion fortune, while US lifestyle queen Martha Stewart rounds out the top three with $638 million (GBP327 million). Madonna ranks fourth on the new list, followed by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston.
Date of birth
28th October, 1967
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A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare...
Mother's Day is the latest in the series of Garry Marshall's films which include Valentine's...
It's rare for an American remake to be scruffier than the original, but this film...
Ray is a dedicated FBI investigator with a crush on his District Attorney supervisor Claire...
It's taken nearly 30 years to bring Larry Kramer's passionate, award-winning play to the screen,...
Tracy Letts adapts his own prize-winning play into a blistering depiction of one of cinema's...
The Weston family know they are probably one of the most dysfunctional families around, but...
Both lavishly produced and light-hearted in tone, this fractured fairy tale aspires to be The...
As a child, Michael and his father Charles have had a tense relationship. Charles would...